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Backyard Hens For Woodstock, IL

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The purpose of this petition is to show the support within our community to change the current ordinance to allow a limited number of backyard hens (no roosters) for those living in single-family homes. The current ordinance only allows areas zoned as agriculture, unless otherwise approved by the city, to raise and care for chickens.

Hens bring many great benefits to the table! Not only do they provide eggs but they also help keep insect populations in check, produce nitrogen rich fertilizer (when composted correctly), root up unsightly weeds, and even companionship.

The soft clucking that comes from hens registers at about 60-70 decibels, which is equivalent to human conversation; lower than a dogs bark which registers at 80-90 decibels. Hens also produce less waste than most dogs. When properly maintained and general hygiene protocols are followed the risk of disease can be avoided.

Backyard hens have been growing in popularity over the years. Many neighboring communities have adjusted their ordinances to allow their residents to raise and care for hens. Batavia, Burr Ridge, Bensenville, Downers Grove, Elburn, Elgin, Madison, Naperville, Oak Brook, St. Charles, Warrenville, Wauconda, and Wooddale to just name a few! Let’s add Woodstock to the list!

Please sign to show your support to allow backyard hens in Woodstock, IL!

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